How to spot someone using psychology to manipulate you

When someone has a complaint or an issue with you—such as a higher-up, sometimes they’ll throw in something like “everyone has mentioned it”, or “everyone feels that way about you.”

Of course, they won’t tell you exactly WHO else feels this way, or exactly who has brought it up. They’ll refuse to tell you that part.

So then you stew about it. You wonder what’s being said or why everybody seems to be in on this and you’re the last to know. You’ll start to second-guess yourself and your actions and replay conversations, etc. It can drive you nuts.

In reality, nobody has said anything. Your manipulator has just made you paranoid.

And the best part—the icing on the cake—once they have you feeling paranoid—THEY OFFER TO HELP YOU. Because you know, they care. And they don’t want to see anything bad happen to you.

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Don’t buy into this load of bull. Trust your instincts and get as far away from this manipulator as you can.

CREDIT : Sue Gamboa

Other instance are ;

1.- When persuading somebody, use their name in the middle of the request, especially if they’re not very close to you. This is an amazing trick. It works because people feel the need to be acknowledged. Once they are, they will be way more unlikely to be disagreeable with you.

2.- Touching the shoulder. That’s the same reasoning as before, but more bold. Also, more effective if it works. It’s all about proximity and acknowledgment.

3.- When you want to convince somebody else, if you nod your head some times while talking, that person will be more likely to accept what you’re saying as true.

4.- When you’re saying something that is very serious, look straight into their eyes and don’t look away (but blink, the idea is not to look like a psychopath).

5.- Complement somebody about how impressive is what they are doing for you. This is the oldest trick in the world, except if you ask a question. People love to talk about themselves. Asking about how they learned to do that keeps them bragging while you get your stuff done 🙂

6.- This is one of my favorites. When Obama was debating Mitt Romney, there’s this moment when Romney brings up Obama’s pension. While he’s doing this, Obama ignores him, smiles and forces Romney to repeat the question several times. This is an amazing domination technique – it made Romney seem like he was begging for attention.

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Another one about dominance, if you start talking to somebody, get them engaged and then in the middle ask for his or her name again, as if you forgot. It puts people very uncomfortable around you, but keep in mind this might be not so cool if you don’t do it naturally.

This one is to screw someone else in an argument. When somebody finishes talking, don’t answer. They are probably going to keep talking to fill the silence, which will make them look like they are not in control of the conversion.

CREDIT : Tiago Oliveira

Another Instance is ; Silence.

Silence is weird. No actions, no words – just nothing. And it is more effective than most of the tricks people have up their sleeve.

We, as humans, tend to be social. On some subconscious level, we crave acceptance. And part of that is communication.

You can make people guilty, anxious, defensive, aggressive, voluble simply by refusing to communicate. Stay silent. How many of your girlfriends/boyfriends have simply refused to answer your calls after an argument? It is usually effective. Not healthy, but effective.

Silence can be used in a host of ways and you can generally achieve anything from your desired outcome to complete chaos. (not recommended)


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